Henry Clarence Grider Jr

May 3, 1946January 1, 2019

Henry 'Clarence' Grider Jr. was born to his father, Henry Clarence 'Son' Grider, and his mother, May Bell Himes-Grider, on May 3, 1946 in Dallas, Texas.

Clarence made his home in Grand Prairie, Texas his entire life and graduated from Grand Prairie HS in 1964. From there he joined his beloved United States Marine Corps and served honorably during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged but in keeping with the Marine motto - Semper Fidelis - he was faithful to the Corps and always considered himself "Once a Marine, Always a Marine".

He served as a Grand Prairie Police Department reserve officer from 1968-1975, rising to the rank of Lieutenant.

Clarence married his best friend, Karen, on July 11, 2017.

Clarence was previously married for over 25 years and had three girls that he loved to the end - Carmen, Carrie, and Caseye.

For the last 11 years Clarence has owned G. Willickers Pub in Arlington, Texas. Before that he was a successful Vice-President of Sales for TomCo Services.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Grider; three daughters, Carmen Grider-Luke and her husband Charles, Carrie Grider-Thompson and her husband Paul, and Caseye Grider-Smith and her husband Jason; eight grandchildren – Cayden, Carson, Jacy, Codi, Matthew, John, Tyler and Connor; his sister, Linda Tinnerman and his brother, Danny Grider and his wife Kathy, and a host of nieces and nephews as well as other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, May Bell, and his father, Son, and his two sisters Gwen Grider-Howell and LaWanna Grider.

Clarence was a Christian and loved his Lord. He was forever young; lived life to the fullest; never met a stranger; loved his Dallas Cowboys and his rescue dog, Sonny. He was loved by all. Gone too soon but will never be forgotten. Forever in our hearts!

The family will receive guests Saturday, January 5, 2019, beginning at 1pm, at Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home, 2951 S Belt Line Rd, Grand Prairie, Tx. The funeral services will begin at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, family is requesting donations be made to Community Hospice of Texas, a non profit organization.


  • Eddie Peterman, Active
  • Bub Tinnerman, Active
  • Weldon Sisson, Active
  • Paul Thompson, Active
  • Charles Luke, Active
  • Jason Smith, Active
  • Cayden Luke, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Carson Luke, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, January 10, 2019

Henry Clarence Grider Jr

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Kathy Shipman

January 11, 2019

My dear friend I will miss you, thank you for always being my friend.

Love Katt.

Debbie McClendon

January 8, 2019

My heart breaks for your family, I am so sorry for your loss. Clarence was one of the most kind and noble gentlemen I’ve ever met in my life. He had a huge heart for humans and animals and treated both very well.
To the family I send my deepest condolences. Karen, I’m thinking of you and the entire Grider family. Praying for comfort and peace. Grider strong!
RIP Clarence until we meet again.

Susan Ballard

January 5, 2019

Karen, The boys and I are thinking of you and keeping you in prayer. So sorry for your loss. We were so happy for you when we saw you were getting married. Of course, the boys were surprised and just kept saying Aunt Karen, really. Was so great to see you happy. You could tell the love you had for each other in pictures. That love will always be with you just like Clarence will be. You will forever be in our hearts and prayers.

Vickie Adams

January 4, 2019

I worked at G’s for 7 years and the first memory I had of Clarence who was a customer at that time, was he always stood in the same spot at the bar. No one dared stand there
He bought G’s after Vince and I moved away
We would come back as often as possible and he was always there with a big hug and a smile
Karen was and is a very good friend and I was so very happy that they found each other after so many years
My hope is that God will wrap you in his embrace and lead you thru the hard days ahead. Clarence, we will meet again my friend. Love you.

Sari Smith

January 4, 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting this amazing man and his most beloved wife at G Willickers nearly 10 years ago. I met my husband and best friend through that place, and never had an unpleasant encounter. He was always ready with a smile and a big bear hug. He made such a lasting impression and will be so incredibly missed... much love to the family. <3

Paul Andrews

January 4, 2019

I know Karen from high school over 30s years I am so sorry for your loss and the family may him rest in peace God bless this family

Rebecca Witt

January 4, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Prayed a lot for your family but God was ready for him. God bless your family in this time of loss.

Susan Silverman Hines

January 4, 2019

Dear Karen and Family
I didn't know Clarence that long but it seemed like I knew him forever! With his warm smile and fun loving way....You will truly be missed ! Your now at peace watch over us all! P.S I'll always watch Sonny!
Till we meet again!

Kara Grimes

January 4, 2019

My heart breaks for the Grider family. I've had the pleasure of getting to know many of you, over the years, because of Clarence. I'm a proud member of his G's family, for over 13 years, and I will miss that larger than life personality and huge smile walking thru that door and making his rounds to give out those awesome big hugs and handshakes. G's will never be the same....

My love, thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. RIP Bub... I love you dearly, and will never forget you.

Danny and Kathy Grider

January 4, 2019

Our hearts are broken. We will miss you Brother. Give mom and dad a hug for us. Rest easy. We've got it from here. Gone but not forgotten. We love you!! Till we meet again....XOXO